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    We had the chance to hear Diana Damrau, Joseph Calleja and Ludovic Tézier in a concert performance of "Lucia di Lammermoor". Mr Calleja had to drop out for his finale due to what was announced as an "allergic reaction" (they did not say to whom), but anything after Damrau's madness aria would have been anti-climactic. She was sensational, mastered the bravura but avoided no risks, absolutely modelled the character and lived out the drama with her vocal choices ("acting with the voice" is so much different to "acting plus singing").

    I've heard Mr Calleja for the first time; I liked his voice best, which is strong and wonderfully manly but not "stern". Great diction; I could understand every word. His characterization was not quite up to that level. Mr Tézier gave a wonderfully round performance that satisfied throughout.

    I'm tempted to hear this again on the 10th (we have a friend in the chorus who kindly supplies us with tickets!).

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    Thanks for putting that note, very interesting to follow

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    Lucky you to have somebody to supply you with tickets x

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    I like Entführung too.
    http://youtu.be/DwQYXRRkvFk she is just so good!


    .....and this http://youtu.be/EmOgYjYYX6Q Different opera of course
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnaMysteriosa View Post
    Lucky you to have somebody to supply you with tickets x
    Yes, we really need to think of something nice for him. He also supplies us with the gossip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bix View Post
    http://youtu.be/DwQYXRRkvFk she is just so good!
    I love it how she actually looks at Selim when she's singing rather than at the audience. And I like my Entführung with a bit of Stockholm Syndrome - adds some Unresolved Sexual Tension.

    .....and this http://youtu.be/EmOgYjYYX6Q Different opera of course
    I want this on DVD. Looks like a very imaginative production which really embraces the absurdities of this opera. Meanwhile I see you can see the rest of it too on this channel.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ebab View Post
    I'm tempted to hear this again on the 10th.
    I did, and again enjoyed it very much (it was their third performance now). The energy level, of all performers and from Act I on, was palpably higher. Mr. Calleja was definitely in better form and gave a full vocal performance, also opened up more for the part. He and Diana Damrau had also developed better chemistry together. The madness aria though, didn't quite get under my skin as the first time; I found Damrau sang impressively, but her characterization was different and more showy, and the authenticity of the character suffered. Maybe it was because they recorded the performance for Internet video stream; as mentioned in another thread, it'll be up for two weeks.

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    I finally got to listen Der Ring des Nibelungen! I'm watching the recording conducted by Boulez, from 1980, with english subtitles, and so far i have watched Das Rheingold and Die Walküre (by the way, it's my first opera).

    Wow! Just, wow! It's quite different from what i'm used to listen, but those have been great hours of music and voice! I told myself i didn't like vocal works, but definitely, Wagner has made me regret that. Lovely, great moments of passion and power.

    Siegfried and Götterdämmerung are yet to be watched

    By the way, i enjoy the lack of coloraturas, that i guess they are not usual in the romantic period.
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    Santiago Rusiñol

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    Das Rheingold and Die Walküre are your first operas? I'm impressed! The Ring is 17 hours of jawdropping wonder. Please be sure to report back on what you think about Siegfried and Götterdämmerung.

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    From Das Rheingold, when Alberich curses the ring:
    - Meinem Fluch fliehest du nicht!

    and from Die Walküre, when Sieglinde wakes up around the Valkyries (and the later supplications and 'reveals' by Brunhilde):
    - Soll um die Flucht
    dir, Maid, ich nicht fluchen,
    so erhöre heilig mein Flehen:
    stosse dein Schwert mir ins Herz!


    Two of my favourite moments, so far!

    Also, when Brunhilde is speaking with Wotan, at the end of Die Walkure:

    - Auf dein Gebot
    entbrenne ein Feuer;
    den Felsen umglühe
    lodernde Glut;
    es leck' ihre Zung',
    es fresse ihr Zahn
    den Zagen, der frech sich wagte,
    dem freislichen Felsen zu nahn!


    So beautiful and powerful!

    I'm loving all the characters right there, Wotan's paper by Donald McIntyre, i just find it superb.

    Damn, i'm starting to get this little dwarf inside... "learn german! learn german you b*stard!".
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    Santiago Rusiñol

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    The American mezzo Regina Resnik died today, at 90 years old:


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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    The American mezzo Regina Resnik died today, at 90 years old:

    excellent singer, R I P ..............

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    There are many opera=related topics that it is hard to fit in any specific category, for example, singer superstitions, funny moments that weren't supposed to be funny, etc, most embarrassing moments for a singer and such. it would be nice to have a 'catch-all' place for all of these topics.

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